Tigers Realm Coal has completed its Phase 1 capital development programme at its Project F coal project in Russia’s Far East. Coal mining operations are now expected before the end of the year.
Project F Phase 1 targets initial production of up to 0.6 million t by 2018 with operating costs of around US$25 per tonne FOB. Phase Two sees mine production growing to 1 million tpy by 2021 and the construction of a coal handling and preparation plant. Phase Three would take production over 2 million tpy.
First ROM coal sales are expected by mid-2017, comprising 0.57 million t of thermal coal and 30 000 t of semi-soft coking coal for trial at Asian metallurgical coal customers.
Phase One has included the construction of a road from the mine site to Berengovsky Port, new infrastructure, including workshop, office and laboratory, and upgrade to existing accommodation. Site work is now focused on the open pit area where a small waste pre-strip is being excavated ahead of coal mining.